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1 Enter Marxism-Leninism3 Enter Marxism-LeninismEnter Marxism-LeninismChapter 6: The Big Cycle of China and Its Currency2020-10-09JournalIn a nutshell dialectical materialism, Marx’s system for producing change, is a systematic way of observing events transpire and influencing them by watching and influencing “contradictions” of “opposites” that produce “struggles” that, when resolved, produce progress.  Marx meant it to apply to everything.  The conflict and struggle between the classes that is manifest in the conflict between capitalism and communism is just one of many such conflicts. Thus far that sounds right to me—i.e., that 1) contradictions/opposites produce struggles and that having these conflicts and reflecting on them and trying to struggle through them well is a process for making progress, and 2) there is a struggle between “classes” that is manifest in the conflict between capitalism and communism.  As you will recall, I believe that conflicts produce struggles and that having conflicts and struggling through them produces progress and I consider the conflicts between the classes (i.e., the “haves” and the “have nots”) to be one of the three most important forces in driving history.  You will recall that from studying history I have come to believe that the three most powerful forces that have been behind the rises and declines of empires are 1) the money/debt/capital market cycle, 2) the internal wealth/opportunity/political gap cycle, and 3) the external power(s) challenging the existing power(s) cycle, which is somewhat similar, though I believe there are about 17 important factors in total.  In any case, I don’t think that these two main points about dialectical materialism by Marx are wrong. Continue reading…